tv Piers Morgan Tonight CNN January 21, 2013 12:00am-1:00am PST
[ applause ] i'm delivering another speech tomorrow. so, tonight i'm going to be pretty brief because, you know, there are limited amount of good lines and you don't want to use them all up tonight. my main purpose tonight is just to say thank you. as i look out on the room, we have got people from every walk of life. every corner and nook and cranny of this country. every state, every city, every suburb. people who have invested so much heart and soul and time, money, energy. you know, one of the things that made this campaign unique was
all of you here understood and were committed to the basic notion that when we put our shoulders to the wheel of history, it moves. it moves. it moves forward. [ applause ] and that's part of what we celebrate when we come together for inauguration. you know, yesterday americans in all 50 states took part in a national day of service. tomorrow, hundreds of thousands will join us in the national mall. and what the inauguration reminds us of is the role we have as fellow citizens in
promoting a common good. even as we carry out our individual responsibilities. the sense there's something larger than ourselves that gives shape and meaning to our lives. the theme of this year's inauguration is our people and our future. throughout my career what's always given me energy and inspiration and hope, what's allowed me to stand up when i've been knocked down are folks like you. the decency, the goodness, the resilience, the neighborliness. the patriotism. the sense of duty. the sense of responsibility of the american people. you have inspired me throughout. and so, whenever i think about the challenges that joe and i and jill and michelle face, we know that we stand amongst
friends and colleagues and fellow citizens. and that the work is not just ours that we are working together. so, i just want to say thank you. thank you very much. thank you. and i want all of you to know that even as we celebrate over the next couple of days, and feel free to stay up as late as you want, tomorrow's not a school night. make sure to bundle up although it won't be as cold as it was four years ago. make sure you know that what we're celebrating is not the election or swearing-in of a president.
what we're doing is celebrating each other. and celebrating this incredible nation that we call home. and after we celebrate, let's make sure to work as hard as we can to pass on an america that is worthy not only of our past but also of our future. god bless you guys. i love you. we'll see you tomorrow. [ applause ] ♪ >> the president of the united states, with the first lady and the vice president and the second lady over at the national building museum here in washington. the festivities only just beginning. getting ready for the big inauguration tomorrow. piers morgan is getting ready to take over our coverage. great to have you here on the national mall. >> very exciting. i have never done an inauguration before. incredibly exciting. i was struck there by the body of the language. seems very relaxed man and comes from being re-elected and facing another great, historic day, a
man much more at ease than perhaps the nerve last time. >> four years as president and now another four years and he was elected pretty impressively and i think that brings a sense of self confidence and you can see that coming through in this president. >> although it's not the same huge crowds tomorrow and won't be the kind of air of expectancy, i don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. i think if you set the standard for this four years at a more realistic level, he has more of a chance to make real achievements. >> four years ago, historien folding in the united states. we elected an african-american for president. a lot of people didn't think we would see that in our lifetime. we did it four years ago and what may be more impressive than an african-american, an elderly man said this to me, we re-elected him a second time. not just a one shot deal. he did it again and people are moved by what's going on right now. >> as with ronald reagan and bill clinton, the second terms, you can see a few green sheets
of the economy and if that begins to surge, david axelrod tells me later in the show, has a real chance. >> he has a huge agenda, a lot of opportunities and going to have to find a way to work with republicans not only in the senate but the house of representatives. let's see if he can do it. it's a huge, huge challenge and the responsibility is enormous, the opportunity is great. >> well, we have to see and itching to get to the party, wolf. >> love those people back there. did you hear the marching band? >> you know why i think they're so excited? your performance in skyfall. >> you were in "flight." >> that's why i wanted to mention it. >> i was in the james bond film. and you were in -- >> really great. really great for me. >> if you work really hard and play by the rules, some day maybe daniel craig and -- >> was it daniel craig or denzel washington oscar nominated? >> i don't know. >> it was denzel. do you know who helped him?
me. >> let me point out. $1 billion in box office receipts worldwide. $1 billion. >> british, british. skyfall. wolf, go partying. >> thank you. >> see you tomorrow. >> thank you. >> great wolf blitzer. i want to be in his presence. >> thank you. >> it's a night out, the celebration here in washington. very exciting crowds behind me. the parties continuing to pour out and of course bringing you the hee lights as they happen but joining me now, rising democratic star, san antonio mayor and one man that knows more about the presidency than anybody alive, douglas brinkley. you have a sensational performance at the inauguration. barack obama did the same thing and then became president. when you watched him tonight, did you feel like i did, you saw a man more at peace with himself perhaps now ready for the challenge of maybe real action in the second term? >> this is barack obama at his best. relaxed.
speaking in aspirational tones. uniting the country. this really is a moment of celebration and the fact he's re-electing and must make a difference in this terms of speaking to the country. >> the latino vote for him never more important and the latino community in america never more important or larger. how significant is that in the second term? >> my hope is it's very significant. i believe it will be. he has a real connection to the latino community. we saw that with over 70% of latinos voting for president obama and confident in terms of the issue agenda and immigration reform and also the look of the administration, that that will be reflected. >> doug brinkley, put this in historical thing, a first time in a long time you have had three back to back presidents holding two terms. does that bring with it a certain stability to the administration of the united states? >> i think it does.
you know? media pays a lot of attention on who's replacing hillary clinton, john kerry and the head of cabinets but there are also a lot of reports that have been ginned up in agriculture and commerce and interior. and those now on the president's desk and using executive orders to do new things, a new type of farming procedure, a new national monument and couldn't do that in the first term and just living in the white house if you're any family coming here, the president today could watch football, come and be so calm and collected, zen-like almost tonight and be really ready for a second term and the media makes a lot out of curses of the second term but it's a great opportunity. obama care may have been the first-term success but he has to make it the law of the land and institutionalize it. the presidents hit by the curse. i mean, ronald reagan with the iran-contra scandal. bill clinton had monica lewinski. george bush, katrina. they seem to get unsettled and
unraveled by a big event, often beyond their control. barack obama, we don't know what it may be. may be nothing but what he does have, he has at least a green chute to a better economy. he didn't have that four years ago. inherited one of the worst financial messes you could imagine. is that a significant help to him? >> think of second term dwight eisenhower. dealt with the little rock kri sis. nasa. a treaty with 12 countries to demilitarize antarctica. all second term. bill clinton, what he have been without a second term? not a big budget surplus and ronald reagan, i think iran-contra is overblown and historic gorbachev diplomacy and margaret thatcher said reagan ended the cold war without a single shot and the spth feeling good about the second term. he doesn't have the curse
mentality. >> what are the priorities, what would you like to see the president focus on? they say in the second term you get a maximum of about 18 months to really shove through the agenda that you want to do. what should he be looking to do? >> there's the stuff on the table, you know, talked about in the media, immigration reform. you know, gun control. a couple of other issues but i would like to see him work on the great ideas he's put forward in terms of linking education with workforce development. making the united states more economically competitive in the 21st century global economy investing in community colleges, improving the education system and linking that with the business sector. if he can do that, he can leave four years from now with an america with a better economy and much more well positioned for prosperity in the 21st century. >> wait a moment. we have to check in with reporters around the town now. brooke baldwin at the red, white and blue ball.
brooke, can you hear me? you are with military leaders and lynyrd skynyrd, i hear. >> you hear correctly, my friend. i can barely hear myself speak and so glad you came to me. i don't know if you can hear. i'm a southern girl. i'm in my perfect place hearing the southern rock band lynyrd skynyrd. playing a significant song. this is "simple man." i was talking to them backstage and they said they sing at concerts all the time. that is hero's red, white and ball here in washington. the men and women of military, many of these guys just in wheelchairs to my right who have made it out here from walter reed recovering or trying to move forward and fought valiantly for our country and lynyrd skynyrd, the guys in the band telling me it's "simple man" resonates because the men and women, they're simple men and women but they do tremendous work. for our country and it's a party.
piers morgan, you are missing out. >> i can't think of anybody better to be partying than you, brooke baldwin. let's move to a dapper person, don lemon. where are you? >> i'm at the hip hop ball. you didn't say i look dazzling but i take dapper from you. i'm at the hip hop ball. over my shoulder here, wouldn't you know it, murphy's law a truck passes by but seeing the bright lights, that's the red carpet and let me tell you. the folk who is are here, a lot of folks from the hip hop community. pharrel is here. eva longoria. john legend is here. brandi. two chains, rappers, are here. celebrating and wayne brady and spoke with him a little bit ago and charles dutton saying older people in this country underestimate the music industry, especially hip hop
with the political power that young people have in this country and quite frankly, you know, people think of hip hop and think of young african-americans. but really in this country young, white kids buy most of the hip hop music in this country. and those people have political power and they're saying that, you know, those people are the people who helped to elect the president in this country. this hip hop ball sponsored by russell simmons and so all of those folks are in there now celebrating the political power that the hip hop community had in 2012 and also that they used to help get president obama elected so big, bold names inside. just a few that i named, piers. a lot of them you know from being in the music industry. so lots of cache here. >> i think pharrel wants his head back. suzanne malveaux is at the kennedy center where smoky robinson is headlining and you're a lucky devil.
>> it was unbelievable. people are lining up since 5:00 in the morning to get inside to get the free tickets for the concert. let freedom ring celebration. performed 30 minutes or so and the highlight kind of separated the audience. imagine you have like 2,100 folks in the audience, separates them in to 3 groups and has them all singing "my girl." the whole group, altogether. pretty special moment and finally america the beautiful ended, everybody -- they were on their feet. it was really kind of a spectacular and passionate moment and then, piers, another event taking place at the same time. really a celebration if you will, latino community, some really heavy hitters who came out to perform, to celebrate the fact that they have so much power with voting and
participated in the election in record numbers, raising money, supporting the president barack obama. had a chance to talk to eva longoria on the red carpet saying this is the passion. this is their moment. they feel very empowered. and one of the highlights of the program itself, this was a special moment. this was coming out at the same time singing together. they have never done that at any occasion in their careers and two greats singing "hello dolly" and "old friends" and surprise guest, of course, piers, vptd. we knew he was coming. many of the people there who participated he was not on the program, they did not know. he stood up. he talked a little bit and made a joke about 2016. a lot of folks wondering if he will run in 2016. his son bo biden, he was here saying about 50 of the family members who were here. certainly a lot of people in that audience, piers, perhaps thought he was making a play for
the next four years, piers. >> i bet. i'm just surprised the president himself wasn't there to sing a bit of al green with smoky robinson. suzanne, thank you very much. coming up, a rare appearance, my exclusive interview with three people that know president obama better than almost anybody else, the inner circle and never, ever sat down to give a joint interview until now.
it's historic weekend. live pictures there of a dazzling scene in washington, d.c. and i've got a bit of history, too. exclusive interview with three people that helped president obama win the second term, three of the very closest advisers. former senior adviser david axelrod, ken messina. they have never, ever sat down together for a joint interview on television until now. enjoy this. >> welcome to you all.
this is a rare political event. a piece of history. the three of you have never given a joint television interview. >> i think you should go to the smithsonian as long as we're in washington. put it right in the vault there. >> it is a big day for the president. for america. but also, i think, for you three because you've been so instrumental really in getting barack obama to where he is. he is now got the luxury of a second term. what does that bring him? start with you, david. what would you love to see his legacy end up being after four more years? >> i think the legacy he's after, the legacy we're all working for is to revitalize this economy and the country in such a way that there's new vitality that american compact saying if you work hard you can get ahead. you can count on your kids doing better than you. this is sort of fundamental to our country and under assault for a long time and ran in 2008 to try to rectify that. we went through a big crisis.
now we have a little momentum. we have to build on that but we have to build the structure for a future economy in which the middle class can thrive and people work the way. >> up. >> jim, what people say to me about the president, people on the street wondering around washington, a lot of goodwill for him. i think the general feeling is done an okay job but not great. not going down yet as a great president because people aren't sure what the overall vision is and if he does have one, not positive enough. perhaps a little too negative in the first four years and reasons understandable. how can he change that mind-set? >> look. i think he has been incredibly positive. laid out a clear and compelling vision. has got more done. put up the legislative record. wall street reform, 70 years. david talked about the fundamentally, you know, retruck which you aring our economy to make sure that, you know, our kids some day do better than us, the way it's been for a long time. the president is doing those
things every day and bringing people together across parties and i think that's what you hear her him talk about today. >> stephanie, ronald reagan and bill clinton both had much more prosperous terms. hit by things, monica lewinski and iran-contra deals and beneficiaries of a surging economy. the president may be in the same position. we don't know. will that embolden him to perhaps release any self imposed shackles he may have had to really go for it and how long does he get to do that? >> well, i think that he doesn't have any self imposed shackles. i think he has been slowly putting the building blocks in place to build a type of an economy that we have all been working hard for where everybody gets ahead, the middle class thrives and building it the middle out and not the top down. we inherited a crisis and we talked about that a lot and the campaign trail. >> do you have a guarantee not to mention it again?
we get to this point, are we all agreed we can't blame republicans for what happened four years ago? >> before we agree on anything, let me just say. what i find striking about this whole weekend has been my recollections of four years ago, four years ago i was about to attend the white house with the president, our economy was in absolute shambles. >> that is true. >> i watched him, you know, i watched him make a series of decisions very quickly to stand up the financial industry, the recovery act, to intervene on the auto industry. not any one of them was popular. but he knew it was what we had to do to right the country and so it is worth noting how far we have come. we are in a different place than we were four years ago. >> but in the run-up to the last election, he didn't make mistakes and interviewed all of you, i don't know what you're talking about. now you can be honest of the
areas he could have gone further and didn't or he regrets. what would you say they would be for him? >> i point to his own words. he said this. he believes he could have done a better job communicating with the american people. you know? we have been talking a little bit about what we were dealing with four years ago when the president was taking the oath of office. the financial crisis. the economic crisis. building a new administration. you know, we had our hands full and i think that trying to get all of that done and take the emergency step that is we had to take to take the steps to shore up the banks, some things were lost in there, including communicating with the american people about why we were taking the steps that we were taking or getting the feedback of the direction to be going in. ultimately, you know, we believe we have put good reforms in place to make sure we never have another financial crisis and the president believes he could have had a better job with that conversation with the american people. >> he's known one of the world's great communicators.
it involves communication with the public and the republican party. >> look, i think you have seen the president repeatedly reach out and takes two to dance here and one of the things stephanie was talking about we learned is taking the conversation outside of washington. >> let's remember when we took office four years ago there's a famous quote of mitch mcconnell, the number one priority was to make the president a one-term president and now that that didn't happen, let's get something done. >> isn't it a number one priority of the opposition to make the other guy a one-term -- >> not for the sake of -- >> not that they admit it. >> the night of the inauguration in 2009, 15 republican leaders in the congress got together for the express purpose of deciding how they could thwart the presidency. we were in the midst of the worst economic kri sis since the great depression and two wars. america needed cooperation and
instead what we got was a policy of opposition on everything. the thing that was disturbing about what mcconnell said at 2010 was we decided from the beginning we were not going to give him cooperation on any major issue because if we did it would signify to the american people he figured it out and we didn't want to give them that. there's things bigger than those kinds of partisan victories when your country in the midst of a great challenge. you don't take an oath of office to your party. you take it to the country. and so, we hope that, you know, as we sit here today, the republican party has had historic lows in their ratings. the congress is at historic lows in their ratings and they just had a retreat this week. and they decided to retreat which was good. but i think they're recognizing their reality which is, what they have done for the last four years is very destructive. not just to the country but their own party and hopefully
getting a different attitude. >> what are the other priorities in a second term? i was putting down on paper earlier. economy, obviously. you might have climate change. >> right. >> the foreign policy, the restructuring if you like of america's place in the world, taking on where barack obama has taken it so far. very interesting. perhaps leading from the back as he said in certain cases rather than from the front. i think the days of america having to be the global policeman should be over. what else do you see as priorities? >> immigration reform. the president feels strongly about we'll tackle this year. everyone out there understands our system is broken. and we need some fundamental restructuring of it. right thing to do. there's common sense agreement out in the states on how to do it. people putting politics aside. i think you will see the president in the second term work passionately across party lines on education to make the k-12 system the best in the world like the university system is. you hit the biggest one, that's the economy. we have to continue to take the steps --
>> does everything flow from the economy? >> absolutely. >> as a government -- >> talks about education, it is axiomatic to be competitive in the world, we have to do a better job on education. we have to control our energy in the future and we've got to develop new sources of energy. that's axiomatic. we have to invest in research and development and stay on the cutting edge of innovation. all these things are a part of developing the kind of economy in which people have their best shot. >> i've never seen the president quite as emotionally moved as i saw him after sandy hook and this is an issue that we have carried a lot on my show but when i saw what he said the other day and the proposals put forward, executive order and with congress, i was so impressed by the boldness and the courage of the leadership and then the reality check. within minutes, people popping up on both sides saying, well, of course, he can't through an assault weapons ban.
>> we'll see. >> today, a young teenage boy killed five people with an assault weapon. the weekend, we had people injured at gun shows with guns. the irony not lost on anybody on gun appreciation day. america is a country riddled with gun violence. do you think the president has the political clout and the personal drive to try and pursue an assault weapons ban if it looks like he can't? >> i think he's made that clear. he is going to pursue it and -- >> can he succeed? >> well, you know, let's see. i think integral to succeeding in washington is building the american people's voice from the inside. we announced a new organization called organizing for action and that is the obama for america community grass roots organizers all across the country that wanted to come together to continue working for change and critical in getting key pieces of the agenda done.
there is a -- there is a cry out there for some movement on gun control because the senseless violence, i think, is touching everybody. >> what i find -- what i find so baffling is the apparent power of the nra wields, for example. in the political system in america. compared to the amount of money they put in and the amount of membership they have, i don't really understand why they have such power or why so many politicians senior level are so frightened of them. >> well, look. jim comes from a state where guns are a huge issue. the truth is that it's been part of the american culture and tradition for a long time. particularly in rural areas. hunting, gun ownership, parents passing the tradition of hunting down. >> yep. >> to children. that's been part of our culture. on the other hand, we have in some of our communities real problems with violence and in
chicago where i come from, we have had a terrible time with youth violence and gun violence. and we have to find a way to reconcile those things but one thing that gives me hope is that i see 90% -- 85%, 95% of americans saying yes to universal background checks for anyone buying a gun. that's an enormous step forward and i don't think the nra can defeat that. i think there's such a consensus among the american people for that. 65% of americans think we should limit the size of the magazines to a reasonable number of rounds so that we don't have situation where is people can open fire on a crowd and not have to reload. so they can't be subdued. so there are measures that have enormous support among the public. i think there's an opportunity now to do something that didn't exist before but i am mindful of the fact that, you know, the nra may speak in some ways for a
more of a fringe when it comes to this notion of people being armed in case, you know, an overweaning government comes to get them and so on. you hear some of that. but i think the vast majority of gun owners understand that there are reasonable steps we need to take. >> i agree with you. well, it will be a big day tomorrow. it's been a big day today. thank you for joining me. very rare appearance. a great insight in to what president obama has achieved and may achieve. thank you all very much. >> thank you. >> good to be with you. >> a little piece of senior aid history there. coming next, maya angelou and historical perspective of what may come up tomorrow. for the new mattress models
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maya angelou read one of her poems at bill clinton's inauguration and awarded a presidential medal of arts and lincoln medal. she joins me with douglas brinkley. welcome to you, doctor angelou. how are you? >> i'm splendid, thank you. and you? >> i'm extremely honored to be talking to you, actually. i mean that very sincerely. i want to remind you of an e-mail on behalf of the president talking about a conversations you had with dr. martin luther king and of course tomorrow is mlk day. it couldn't be a more appropriate day.
i'm sure you would feel for barack obama's second inauguration. but in those conversations with martin luther king, he felt there may be an african-american president, the first black president in the next 40 years. you didn't think it would happen in your lifetime. >> it's -- that's true. i'm so excited. i'm so happy about my country. that we are growing up. >> and how do you think the president -- >> we are moving beyond ignorance. >> right. how do you think. >> sorry? >> how do you think he's done, president obama, in the first term and what would you like him to do more of in his second term? >> well, i think he's done the best he could. i think that there were number of people who as soon as he was elected put their feet down
in -- their heels in to the earth and said, no matter what he does, no matter how good he is, i will not support him. i will resist his attempts to make our country better. i think that he was -- i think he was surprised, actually, because we had come -- he had been elected with such fervor and such excitement. i don't think he was expected to have such resistance. i know this. from what i've seen so far. he's intelligent. and that's what we need in our country. we need intelligent people, intelligent beyond the ignorance of racism and sexism and ageism and all those stupidities. and so, i think that this time when he comes in, he's coming in with more pizazz. more excitement.
and his -- he, too, he brings in some -- i mean, resistance to the resistance which he's encountered. so i think we're in for four years of true excitement and i'm looking forward to it. >> what do you think martin luther king may have said to barack obama if he was still alive now? what advice do you think he would have given the president for his second and final term of office? >> thank you. thank you for that question. i think dr. king would have said, continue. be loving. and be strong. be fierce. and be kind. and don't give in and don't give up. continue to press because we've
got to make this country more than what james bolden used to call it. these yet to be united states. we have got to do so we need leadership which will say, i want to make it better. i will fight to make it better. i will encourage us all to be more courageous. it's the most important of all the virtues because without it you can't practice any other virtue consistently. you can't be -- kind or generous or any consistently without courage. and so, i think reverend king who showed so much courage himself, courage to be kind, courage to be generous. he showed the courage to be not violent. nonviolent. and in a violent society. so i think he would encourage president obama to be courageous.
i think so. >> that was -- that's a beautiful answer, dr. angelou and a great pleasure for me to talk to you tonight and i appreciate you taking the time out to talk to me. >> i thank you so much. i'm wanting to talk to you since you talked to oprah. i have wanted to meet you. you are brilliant. you are fine. >> thank you. >> you, too, have courage and insight because you are insightful enough to see that she was intelligent and you are courageous enough to say you knew it. >> well, that's incredibly kind of you. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> very nice to talk to you. what a wonderful lady. we've got some live pictures here of one of the parties tonight. the green ball. you can probably tell that because it's green everywhere. there's vice president joe biden partying hard tonight in washington. >> i apologize.
>> not sure what he's doing. let's take a little listen. >> i'm going to be very brief. i came to say thank you. i saw to you, thank you. i also came to tell you what my green wish is. >> let's see if the vp may drift in to al green. show barack obama what he's made of. we'll be back after the break.
>> washington's big weekend. a chance for a-listers to mix with everybody who's anybody in the world of politics, entertainment, you name it. they're here. parties both official and unofficial erupting all over town tonight and joining me now is the ultimate party boy himself, my old buddy of "america's got talent" nick cannon with an event with the first lady last night. good to see you. >> you, too. >> a quick word with doug brinkley about dr. angelou there. what did you make of what she said and martin luther king may have said to barack obama? >> just i thought it was very moving and you got a nice call-out from her.
she's a great moral force like elie weitzel and in hundred years from will be a hundred books of maya angelou. before oprah there was maya angelou. i want to say i'm glad you wore a coat. she is out there pulling it off. >> i know. >> if i may point out the americans wearing the big coats. us british guys made of tougher stuff. >> all the chest hair. that's what that is. >> actually all the extra blubber. how are you? >> great to see you. >> big night with with the first lady last night. >> we had so much fun. obviously, to get an invitation to host any event from the first lady is just amazing but this was focusing on the families and the kids for the men and women in service. so, it was outstanding event.
>> tomorrow, the president's second inauguration and you were deejaying at the first one. an honor for you. >> yes. >> on a serious point, martin luther king day tomorrow and barack obama being reinaugurated. for you, what does that mean, both these great men being commemorated on this day? >> i mean, it's outstanding. it truly is history to be a part of not only the celebration of the birth of martin luther king, but the president's second inauguration. it is fitting on the perfect day at a perfect time for an event like this. >> a lot of talk at the moment about the american dream and how you get it back. you are a great example of a young lad that worked hard to get where he is and deserves the success. >> thank you, piers. >> what should the president doing to get more people like you to get up there and live the dream. >> it's a generation of young people who want to do better and all about empowerment.
so just to see president obama in office is inspiring enough but then at the same time he's always focusing on education and obviously we know education can really be that thing to spark any dream and any goal. >> we both worked on talent show. >> yeah. >> big talent question. >> huh oh. >> what do you make of michelle obama's bangs? >> what does that have to do with talent, piers? >> share a tall en. you don't have it. i do. >> i don't know when's going on up there with yours but i love michelle obama's bangs. i had an opportunity to tell her i loved the new hair style and outstanding and it is good. for the second term, a new look. you need to get a new look. quickly. >> can't let you go without asking you about your wife mariah on "american idol." as attractive as last time i saw her? >> just as beautiful. >> b, how does he enjoy being a talent show judge? it is not easy. >> enjoying it quite well.
amidst the drama, she's having a great time inspiring young people and helping the next generation, you know, reach levels hopefully she's had the opportunity to reach in her career. >> good to see you. >> good to see you, too, man. >> i know you're missing me. try to hold it back. >> i can't take it no more. come back. >> without that, you -- >> you can never pull this off. >> nick cannon, never could wear a tie properly. we'll be back with final thoughts and the look at the inauguration for tomorrow with doug brinkley.
back live in washington, d.c., it's all getting very, very exciting here. i'm with doug brinkley who's back with me. you can't help but get caught up in this, it's very exciting and very historic. tomorrow, talk me through what is actually going to happen tomorrow? >> i have to tell you, in 1840, william henry harrison got elected and at the inaugural in '41 he didn't wear a coat and he died of pneumonia. tomorrow it's not just barack obama's day, but it's martin luther king day. you're going to have the president invoking the dream of king. all the schoolkids are out, they're being taught about the inauguration. right now and martin luncher king day. >> i went to the see lincoln recently, and his story and
battle to end slavery is an inspiring story. you couldn't help but think if you're barack obama standing there, two bibles, one was dr. king's, one was abraham lincoln's, have you the history on your shoulder to share real courage -- >> i couldn't agree with that more. this president loves president lincoln. if you're from the land of lincoln, you really like him. he likes talking about lincoln and this being the 150th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation, what it meant for our country. >> how is he going to get through the impasse of getting stuff done here.
how is he going to do what he wants to do with dr. king and abraham lincoln in the back of his mind? >> like dr. king, he's won a nobel peace prize, he's an international figure and the world's going to be watching tomorrow. by march you're going to have the fiscal debate. i think he has to push gun control quickly. and deal with an explosive international situation that's going on now in north africa, syria and iran. there's not a molt that he can rest. but he at least doesn't have to transition to washington, d.c.. this has been his home for four years and it will be his home for four more. >> americans continuing to be at war with the president isn't in the national interest? >> that remains to be seen. there are a lot of republicans in congress that aren't just not
here for the inaugural, they don't want to be in a photo op with the president. we're celebrating him this sunday and monday. there are many people that aren't that happy with him. what barack obama has going for him, people used to say i like ike. people say, i like barack obama. he's over 50% for the job performance, but that's going to have to improve. it's all about the economy in the end. people are going to judge him, he inherited the october crash and how does it look eight years later. you can't keep blaming the people before you. >> you can't blame the media or the republicans, you can use executive orders and have the threat of executive order to congress even if you don't use them. >> thank you so much. we'll be right back. go, go, go, go! bye sweetie. honey what are you doing? we gotta go! it's dress-like-a-president day, i'm supposed to be martin van buren.